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2018 New Mexico Public Media Candidate Conversations: Governor

Oct 8, 2018

  New Mexico's Public Media Stations are proud to host the 2018 Candidate Conversation Series. Host of KNME-TV'S New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant, sits down with the two major party candidates for Governor: Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Steve Pearce.

Zooey Sophia Pook, director for LGBT+ Programs at NMSU, said OUTober is important because it celebrates the diversity that can be found on campus. 

“OUTober lets us celebrate cultures that intersect and make up the NMSU community. It is important to include and appreciate every identity and culture at NMSU,” Pook said. 

Investigation Underway Into Fatal Shooting In Deming

Oct 8, 2018

 

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are overseeing the investigation of a fatal shooting at a gathering inside a Deming residence.

Lt. Elizabeth Armijo says the shooting took place Saturday night at a home where multiple people were gathered.

Investigators say 27-year-old Eduardo Pena and several others tried to rob the people at the home at gunpoint.

An altercation followed and one of the home's occupants shot Pena.

Deming police responded to the scene and had Pena and a woman was also shot taken to a hospital.

Indigenous People Celebrated In New Mexico's Capital

Oct 8, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Indigenous Peoples Day is being celebrated for the third consecutive year in the New Mexico capital with prayer, dancing and music throughout the morning and afternoon.

A center for Native American culture, Santa Fe in 2016 designed the second Monday in October as Native American People's Day in recognition of 23 designated indigenous communities throughout the state. About one in 10 residents of New Mexico is identified as Native American.

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Adkins has 4 TD passes; New Mexico State beats Liberty 49-41

Oct 7, 2018

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Josh Adkins threw four touchdown passes, Christian Gibson ran for two scores and New Mexico State held off Liberty 49-41 on Saturday night.

Peytton Pickett bullied into the end zone from the 1 to pull Liberty (2-3) to 49-41 with five minutes left. The Flames forced New Mexico State (2-4) to punt with 2:10 to play, but then couldn't get the ball past midfield to end it.

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Commentary: Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi made the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“From the beginning it was clear that Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive experience qualified him for nomination to our nation's highest court. It was clear that Democrats would do anything in their power to stop that nomination for reasons that had nothing to do with qualifications and everything to do with partisanship. Sadly, they turned the confirmation process into a national disgrace. Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich made the process worse with their extreme partisanship instead of standing with New Mexicans and supporting a qualified nominee."

"Fortunately the Democrats' efforts were in vain. Today the Senate approved the nomination of a highly qualified constitutionalist who will serve the court and our country with distinction. We congratulate Justice Kavanaugh on his confirmation to the Supreme Court."

Udall Votes Against Final Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Oct 6, 2018
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) cast his vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was confirmed by a final vote of 50 to 48.

This week, Udall took to the Senate floor to outline his opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. He also submitted an additional statement to the Congressional Record about why he believes Kavanaugh should not be elevated to the Supreme Court. Udall’s floor speech can be viewed HERE and his statement for the record can be read HERE.

Heinrich Statement On Final Vote Against Judge Kavanaugh's Confirmation

Oct 6, 2018
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement after voting against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Senator Heinrich spoke in opposition to Judge Kavanaugh in a speech delivered on the Senate Floor on Thursday.

“By making nominations to the highest court--perhaps the most consequential votes we take as senators--subject to only a simple-majority vote, Republicans rigged the system to made it possible for the most extreme nominees to make it to the bench. The United States Senate was intended by the Founders to be the methodical answer to the fiery passions of the day, not an amplifier of them. And I fear this broken system will create potentially disastrous consequences for the health of our democracy.

“I voted against confirming Judge Kavanaugh based not only on the substance of his views and the broken process being used to rush his nomination through the Senate on a partisan basis, but also because I have serious doubts about his credibility and truthfulness.”

 

Tuesday is last day to register to vote in November election

Oct 6, 2018

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for New Mexico's Nov. 6 general election.

Voters can register in person at county clerks' offices and certain other locations or online through the Secretary of State's voter information portal.

Heinrich Against Kavanaugh Confirmation; Opponents Disagree

Oct 5, 2018
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Libertarian and Republican challengers in New Mexico's three-way U.S. Senate race voiced support Friday for the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as the Senate closed in on a final vote.

Kavanaugh's confirmation is all but guaranteed with a final roll call vote likely to take place Saturday. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has made clear he'll vote against Kavanaugh based on the nominee's judicial views and accusations of teenage sexual misconduct that the first-term senator calls credible.

Las Cruces Fire Prevention Week

Oct 5, 2018

In a house fire, seconds matter. The Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD) is joining with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for Fire Prevention Week, October 7 to October 13. It’s campaign theme reminds us to ““Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” 

In those first few crucial moments of a fire, having a plan is important. While you may feel safe about being in your home, it’s the place where most people are at the greatest risk of fire. Four out of five U.S. fire deaths occur at home according to NFPA statistics.

"Elevate Las Cruces" Comprehensive Plan Initiative

Oct 5, 2018

The City of Las Cruces has initiated an update to the city comprehensive plan, a community-driven document that defines residents’, property owners’, and business owners’ long-term vision for growth and prosperity in Las Cruces, and serves as a guide for future development and redevelopment for the next 20 years and beyond.

The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward. Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live. 

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HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — State court officials say they have received a multimillion-dollar federal grant to help fund a family welfare program over the next five years.

The Administrative Office of the Courts said Thursday that the $7.7 million will go toward the Family Advocacy Program in Sandoval, Valencia, Bernalillo, San Juan and McKinley counties.

Officials say the counties targeted have large abuse and neglect caseloads.

New Mexico State Government Gets Low Marks From Ethics Group

Oct 5, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A watchdog group on ethics in government is giving the state of New Mexico low marks for safeguards designed to discourage corruption.

The Washington, D.C.-based Coalition for Integrity on Thursday ranked New Mexico among the 10 worst states when it comes to ethics oversight, restrictions on gifts to public officials and disclosure of political spending by independent groups.


Your Weekend Pulse

Oct 5, 2018

  KRWG News speaks with editors from the Pulse section at the Las Cruces Sun News.  Get ready for weekend events and much more every Friday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Las Cruces Exhibit features Southwest’s legendary saddle makers

Oct 4, 2018

Exhibits at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum are in galleries, hallways, outdoors, and even in barns.  Here is a statement from the museum:

Inside the towering Horse & Cattle Barn on the southern edge of the 47-acre campus in Las Cruces is a revamped exhibit that gives visitors a look at the importance and art of saddle making. “Saddle Makers of the Southwest” features a leather-stamping activity for children, dozens of tools, and saddles in various stages of creation.

Crash Proves Fatal for 65-year-old Las Cruces Pedestrian

Oct 4, 2018

A 65-year-old man struck by a vehicle early Sunday evening has died at an El Paso hospital.

Julian Holguin died Wednesday at University Medical Center of El Paso.

The crash occurred about 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, on Utah Avenue near El Paseo Road. Las Cruces police learned the driver of a white Toyota 4-Runner was traveling west on Utah and nearing the intersection of El Paseo Road when the vehicle struck Holguin.

The 38-year-old driver of the 4-Runner and at least one witness, the driver of another vehicle, stopped and remained on scene.

NMSU dance programs presents Season 11 of ‘Look Who’s Dancing’

Oct 4, 2018

The dance program at New Mexico State University promises to make the 11th season of “Look Who’s Dancing,” one of its primary fundraisers, the most exciting one yet.

This season’s community “celebrities” range from healthcare professionals to business owners to the chief of the Las Cruces Fire Department. This year’s contestants include:

NMSU leadership outlines strategic direction, performance metrics

Oct 4, 2018
NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu

New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan Arvizu and President John Floros presented their go-forward strategic direction for the university as well as their proposed performance management metrics to the NMSU Board of Regents Oct. 3.  Here is a statement from the University:

Weekend Events May Hamper Traffic in Las Cruces

Oct 4, 2018

A handful of events and one temporary road closure may lead to some traffic congestion or travel delays in Las Cruces this weekend.

One temporary road closure will take place Saturday morning on University Avenue for New Mexico State University’s annual Homecoming Parade. The parade will force the temporary closure of University Avenue, and all intersections that meet University Avenue, between Triviz Drive and El Paseo Road. The closure will last from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6.

New Mexico To Hold Funeral For 9 Forgotton Military Veterans

Oct 4, 2018
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say they will hold a funeral Thursday for nine deceased U.S. military veterans who were indigent or whose bodies were not claimed by relatives.

The ceremony at the Santa Fe National Cemetery is set for 11 a.m. Thursday.

Officials say the veterans' remains will be interred with full military honors under a program meant to ensure "no veteran will be alone at the end."

The funerals include an Honor Guard, flag-folding presentation and Taps.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Republican governor is ordering state agencies and boards to reduce requirements for occupational licenses in dozens of fields.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at making it easier for people to enter the workforce by reducing educational and testing requirements for entry-level positions.

Martinez said in a news release that licensure fees are being reduced or even waived entirely for poor and low-income residents who receive food stamps or subsidized health care under Medicaid.

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former supervisory U.S. Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty in New Mexico to a child pornography charge.

Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Jason Christopher Davis of Las Cruces could serve up to 15 years in prison under the plea agreement.

Davis pleaded guilty Wednesday in an Albuquerque courtroom to production of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He will have to register as a sex offender.

The ex-border agent was arrested in May on suspicion of receiving child pornography.

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